Types of Contributions 

The pages of Ecological Monographs are open to integrative original research papers and synthetic reviews. As a condition for publication of a manuscript in Ecological Monographs, all data associated with the results reported in manuscripts must be made available in a permanent, publicly accessible data archive or repository.

Submissions to Ecological Monographs should be accompanied by a detailed cover letter outlining the content of the manuscript and discussing how the work meets the new goals of the journal. Although authors should identify the ESA journal to which a manuscript is being submitted, the final decision as to which ESA subscription journal an accepted manuscript is published rests with the Editors-in-Chief and ESA.

Papers submitted to Ecological Monographs will be examined carefully to ensure that they meet the goals and scope of the journal. Manuscripts sent out for review will be handled by the Editor-in-Chief or by members of the Editorial Boards of Ecology and Ecological Applications.

All papers for Ecological Monographs are generally over 50 manuscript pages (16 printed journal pages). Abstracts should be no longer than 350 words.


Articles published in Ecological Monographs are original research papers documenting complex, original observational, experimental, or theoretical studies that by their very integrated nature defy dissolution into shorter publications focused on a single topic or message. The latter are more appropriately submitted to Ecology or Ecological Applications.


Papers submitted as Reviews should be comprehensive and synthetic papers that establish new benchmarks in the field, define directions for future research, contribute to fundamental understanding of ecological principles, and whenever possible, derive principles for ecological management in its broadest sense (including, but not limited to: conservation, mitigation, restoration, and pro-active protection of the environment). Reviews should be more than simple compilations of facts and overviews of the literature. Rather than focusing only on the recent literature and highlighting trendy topics, Reviews should reflect the development of a topic and encompass relevant natural history, observational and experimental data, analyses, models, and theory.

Concepts and Synthesis

The Concepts and Synthesis section publishes papers that conceptually advance the field of ecology. These papers are expected to go well beyond works being reviewed and include discussion of new directions, new syntheses, and resolutions of old questions.


This section, prominently featured at the beginning of the issue, is intended to contain papers that provide synthetic overview, critical commentary, or historical perspective, primarily by eminent ecologists. Often these will be invited papers, but proposals for submitting a Perspectives paper will be considered. Such proposals should be sent to the Editor-in-Chief. Note that coauthored papers are often not appropriate for this section.